We as a society are still quite far behind in coming to terms with the notion of mental health illnesses and I, as an individual plagued with a mental health illness, feel that several measures and steps to raise awareness and introduce methods for countering mental health illnesses are still not as prevalent in the world as they ought to be.
One of the most common mental health illnesses which are inflicting a majority of our population is ‘Anxiety’. Anxiety is defined as a state of consistent inner turmoil and a feeling of being anxious at the very least. It is not the same as fear but very much linked to the feeling of fear in terms of dreading a particular situation etc. Being anxious or suffering from anxiety does not necessitate you as a mentally ill person but if you as a human are subject to persistent unpleasant feelings which eventually begin to affect your other mental and physical functionality and thereby your life actions, it can be diagnosed as a form of a disorder. I personally have always felt socially awkward and hence fell in the category of a ‘wallflower’ and an introvert but with the passage of time, the social awkwardness began to decrease until I was overtaken by other forms of anxiety. I guess it would be safe to say that my anxiety was one of the main factors causing hindrance in me becoming the best assignment writer in class, because even though I exhibited the critical thinking and intellect it required, but my hesitation never allowed me to step further and take spotlight.
Understanding the Whole Ordeal Surrounding Anxiety
- Anxiety can manifest itself in a number of disorders and is not limited to a particular disorder. These disorders also include the following disorders which are most commonly found in a majority of the people suffering anxiety such as:
- General anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Phobic disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Anxiety is something is usually accompanied by mental disorders as in that it either causes or gives a rise to other mental disorders as well such as depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- Anxiety can cause other physical illnesses to exacerbate such as chronic illnesses which include heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and respiratory ailments.
- A huge number of people tend to turn to substance abuse for numbing their feelings and hence anxiousness which can cause them to become highly dependent on drugs in the long term.
- Anxiety is a genetic disorder as well and can be passed from parents to their offspring.
- Around 30% of the total people who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or the other never seek treatment for it.
The above listed facts are enough to establish anxiety as a disease which is not only dangerous to the mental health of the person affected by it but also the physical health of the person and hence can be deemed as a life threatening condition. Unfortunately, a majority of our populace does not pay much heed to conditions related to anxiety as they have trouble finding credibility because anxiety is something which is not visible like a physical illness. However, anxiety can propel a number of physical illnesses if left untreated and in many instances, has been proved to be the root cause for suicide as well. When your stress hormones are overproducing, your bodily functions are affected and hence, your physical activities as well. My anxiety coupled with my depression has often rendered me unable to get up early in the morning and function on a rapid pace as I aim to so that I can achieve all my goals as I wish to. My anxiety leaves me so exhausted that at the end of the day, I feel as if I do not even have energy left to seek assignment help online to resume my education via the internet.
What Methods Are Recommended To Treat Anxiety Related Disorders?
I asked numerous people and read on the internet as well regarding treatments of anxiety and depression. These were the methods which I found to be recommended and suggested by everyone:
- Talk therapy (psychotherapy)
- Coping strategies (according to individual preference)
- Alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture
The first and foremost method is Talk Therapy which is now gaining traction in the current era with a rising number of stressed out individuals seeking it. Often at times, we find ourselves relaxed by having a heart-to-heart conversation with a loved one whether it is our significant other or a friend or a relative. This constitutes as Talk Therapy and is highly effective as well.
Coping strategies vary from person to person; I personally find peace in rock and grunge music and reading novels. Healthy coping strategies or coping mechanisms should be reinforced us all such as short breaks doing something we love.
Medication usually comes if Talk Therapy does not reap many benefits. The downside however is that medication has its side effects and people may start abusing their medications in order to numb their feelings. Side effects include physical issues such as nausea or insomnia etc.
Meditation and yoga are highly effectual in helping people counter anxiety and ease the mind greatly.
I would strongly urge everyone to come to terms with the fact that our mental health plays a vital role in determining our functionality and success in life. A healthy mind only can lead to a healthy body and hence, healthy life. Hopefully, once I achieve my current goal of working for an assignment writing service, I will try my best to counsel every student who approaches me and try to help them cope with the stress that is prevalent in their lives.
Author: Aaliyah Briggs, Graduate in medical sciences from Oxford University was born in London. She is currently doing work as a Content Contributor at Assignment Writing service UK. Her professional experience includes Content Writing service at top notch educational sectors.